Critic's picks: Michael Kaeshammer, Holding Ground, Until the Flood

MUSIC

What: Michael Kaeshammer
Where: The Port Theatre, 125 Front St., Nanaimo
When: Friday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35 ($15 for students) from the Port Theatre box office (250-754-8550) or online from porttheatre.com

Why: Fans have had easy to access to Victoria singer-pianist Michael Kaeshammer throughout the pandemic, via his PBS live concert, Boogie on the Blues Highway, which aired on TV and was pressed to DVD. Now, you have an abundance of options. Kaeshammer will be in the flesh Friday for a hybrid in-person/online concert at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre. In the event the show by piano-playing dynamo sells out, and assuming the province re-opens venues to full capacity later this month, fans will have a second chance to catch Kaeshammer when he performs perform Nov. 12 at the McPherson Playhouse. Don’t miss either one.

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ART

What: Holding Ground
Where: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St.
When: Through Oct. 17
Admission: Free

Why: Holding Ground concludes its three-month run at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria this weekend. Free open houses are scheduled for Saturday (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-5 p.m.), the final days of operation for the enduring Indigenous-led art exhibit, which arose from bi-weekly virtual gatherings held over a three-month period by artists/project leaders Marianne Nicolson, Marika Swan and Nikki Sanche. The exhibition is centered around a traditional curtain collaboratively made by members of the group, which numbered more than a dozen. All members will showcase their individual work at this very important, and very popular exhibit.

THEATRE

What: Until the Flood
Where: Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Ct.
When: Oct 20–Nov. 7
Tickets: $25 from langhamtheatre.ca (250-384-2142)

Why: Tony Cain directs this groundbreaking collaboration between Attitude Theatre, Bema Productions, and Langham Court Theatre, a Victoria triumvirate which is collaboratively staging playwright Dael Orlandersmith’s celebrated work. Until The Flood was commissioned by the St. Louis Repertory Theatre and inspired by the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was killed by a white police officer. Langham Court is staging the powerful piece of theatre through Nov. 7 before Bema Productions mounts the play for a Dec. 2-12 run at its Blanshard Street location.

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